Barbara Kahn to Step Down as Dean of School of Business Administration

Dean who launched new global initiatives and academic programs will step down on January 15.

Coral Gables (September 02, 2010) — Barbara E. Kahn, who launched new global initiatives and academic programs during her tenure as dean of the University of Miami’s School of Business Administration, will step down from that role on January 15, 2011, UM has announced.

“I have been honored to serve as dean of the School of Business Administration since 2007,” Kahn said. “The school has seen tremendous growth over the last few years and is currently in a very strong position. I am proud of what the faculty, students, and staff have accomplished.”

Kahn is returning to The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania to be with her husband, who is also a professor there.

A noted scholar on consumer choice, variety seeking, and brand loyalty, and widely published in the top journals in her field, Kahn quickly put her stamp on UM’s School of Business Administration, launching a new Ph.D. program and establishing a new emphasis in health sector management and policy.

Some of the new programs and initiatives that were started under her leadership include a new Center in Health Sector Management and Policy as well as a new undergraduate major and minor in the area. The school also launched an M.D./M.B.A. joint program with UM’s Miller School of Medicine.

She also recruited top faculty members from some of the world’s leading business schools, such as Duke, MIT, and Harvard.

The school also established new programs in real estate, revamped its undergraduate program, started a new Executive M.B.A. Program in Puerto Rico, and improved its outreach, development, and fundraising, bringing in more than $18 million in new pledges and bequests.

The establishment of the Global Business Forum was also a highlight of Kahn’s tenure at the school. The inaugural event, held in January 2009, brought to UM nearly 700 leading business executives and professionals for two days of discussions on the challenges and opportunities arising from the increasingly connected global world. Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, Jim Skinner, vice chairman and CEO of McDonald’s Corporation, and UM President Donna E. Shalala were among the keynote speakers.

The second Global Business Forum will be held January 12-14, 2011, with the theme “The Business of Health Care: Defining the Future.”

Kahn’s accomplishments at the UM business school didn’t go unnoticed. This year, U.S. News & World Report ranked the school’s undergraduate program No. 24 for international business, and the overall undergraduate program was ranked No. 57, up from No. 71 in 2007. The full-time M.B.A. program was also ranked No. 40 in the world in 2010 for research, up from No. 58 in 2007. Financial Times ranked the Executive M.B.A. Program No. 33 in the U.S. in 2009, up from No. 42 in 2007. And in 2010 Modern Healthcare magazine gave the Executive M.B.A. in Health Sector Management and Policy a No. 5 ranking.


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